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Poster: cashel Date: Jun 6, 2004 11:24am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Looking at the children

PLEASE can you tell us more. The information that you have gained from your parents would be very interesting

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Jun 6, 2004 12:19pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Looking at the children

Background: I'm the youngest of 5 kids spread over many years. My parents were from Minnesota, married in 1939, and lived in Watertown, SD, probably the closest "city" to Britton.

Most surprising to me is the absence of church activities. The Lutheran Church is the State church in all the Scandinavian countries, and from the prespective I have from my family, a crucial part of everyday life. Yet we see no scenes of people going to or leaving from a church service, nor anything else that would suggest how important that was.

The cars in this film strike me. My dad loved cars. My brothers love cars. I just know about them. Car culture has hit America in this film. Check films rural areas of any other country at this time period and you will not see cars. Yet America was in a depression. How can this be? Cars had assumed an importance beyond what anyone had imagined. A sense of technology coming of age and freedom in mobility that served well for those about to enlist or be drafted for WWII.

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Poster: Marysz Date: Jun 6, 2004 1:44pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Looking at the children

I also wondered why we didn’t see anyone going to church. Maybe the photographer wasn’t a churchgoer? Or the minister could have disapproved of movies. We see the commercial life of the town, but not the town's religious life.

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Jun 6, 2004 1:52pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Looking at the children

Just a guess, but "Ivan", not a Scandinavian, Germanic or English name, may have felt uncomfortable shooting Lutheran Church goers. Any bio info on Ivan Besse?

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Jun 6, 2004 2:09pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Looking at the children

I mean, after all motion picture camera meant upper middle class at least . . .

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Poster: cashel Date: Jun 6, 2004 5:41pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Looking at the children

Ivan Besse is 93 and dtill living in Britton. In the Forum section of the Prelinger site , Rick Prelinger has posted much interesting information, including a fascinating account of an evening in Britton when the films were shown at the original cinema.